In this novel of menace and eroticism, Richard Ford updates the
tradition of Conrad for the age of cocaine smuggling. The setting
is Oaxaca, Mexico, where Harry Quinn has come to free his
girlfriend's brother, Sonny, from Jail and, ideally, to get him
away form the suavely sadistic drug dealer who suspects Sonny of
having cheated him.
"His prose has a taut, cinematic quality that bathes his story with
the same hot, mercilessly white light that... more...